Pattaya City Council voted to tear down an expensive, unused lobby at the Pattaya port after it was reportedly used only once over the past five years.
The building that was supposed to be used as a luxury, air-conditioned lobby for passengers traveling to the Pattaya port in South Pattaya was constructed during the administration of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in October 2016, according to local media.
Despite a large sum of money spent on the lobby, it had only been used one time to host an event since its construction was completed in 2017. Local media said thousands of travelers visited the port every day, but the lobby always remained closed.
Other than the lobby, the building also housed a public restroom, which was not functional, was closed to the public and was breaking down.
Pattaya deputy mayor Manoch Nongyai told local media that the City Council voted to tear down the lobby because they wanted a larger space to install seats to accommodate travelers. Manoch admitted that the lobby rarely got to serve its purpose and people only used it to avoid rain and heat.
After the demolition and the seat installation, the new place would be able to accommodate more than 100 exhausted travelers, said Manoch.
The deputy mayor did not comment on the exact amount of the budget nor the netizens’ criticism that it was a waste of money. Manoch did note that “contractor” issues on who would manage the lobby and restrooms was part of the issue.